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Hospiscare’s Lottery: A win-win fundraiser for 22 years

Since its launch in May 2000, our Hospiscare Lottery has been a vital source of income for our charity

Every Friday for almost 22 years, our supporters have been in with the chance to win cash prizes while supporting end-of-life care in their community.

Just  six  months  after  the  first  prize  draw  took  place, the Lottery’s membership was well on its way to 3,000 players with ‘Sir Carealot’ as the mascot for the campaign. Amazingly, 122 players from this first draw are still playing our Lottery every week.

Original Hospiscare mascot Sir Carealot

Sir Carealot, Hospiscare Lottery’s first mascot, at the Devon County Show in 2000

Raising almost £600,000 a year, we have over 10,000 entries every week through our regular players, as well as one-off tickets sold in our charity shops.

Since that first draw in May 2000, over 3,200 prize cheques have been sent to lucky winners. With tickets costing just £1 a week, it would be easy to assume that this form of giving would have little impact on our charity, but together, our lottery players have raised nearly £10 million!

Recently, the Lottery has introduced two new options for players:

  1. Our Lottery Subscription Plans allow players to choose how much they contribute each month, giving them extra monthly and yearly entries in addition to their normal weekly entry. Plans start from just £5 per month.
  2. The ability to play in-memory of a loved one, so you can dedicate your support to the memory of a dear friend or relative and raise a toast to them when you win.

Hospiscare’s Lottery & Development Manager, Chris Routley, says “We are very fortunate to have so many loyal supporters playing our Lottery each week. The highlight of the week for the Lottery Team is to call the top prize winner and to hear their response when they discover they are £1,000 better off! For our players, knowing that all the proceeds go towards the care of patients and their families means it really is a win-win.”

To sign up to become a part of this win-winning situation, please click here.